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Getting to know a Canuck: Mason Raymond

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The Vancouver Canucks, much like the vanquished Anaheim Ducks, boast some of the NHL's best offensive talent in Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, and Ryan Kesler. In the playoffs, however, unsung heroes are usually found, such as Jordin Tootoo in round one for the Nashville Predators

One such candidate for the Canucks is speedster Mason Raymond. 

Mason Raymond

#21 / Left Wing / Vancouver Canucks

6-0

185

Sep 17, 1985


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Mason Raymond 70 15 24 39 8 10 2 1 5 197

Scouting Report

Assets
  • Has exceptional skating ability and offensive instincts. Is equally adept at scoring goals and setting up linemates from either wing position.
Flaws
  • Is somewhat lacking in the strength required to win puck battles on a consistent basis. Therefore, he needs to add more bulk in order to maximize potential.
Career Potential
  • Scoring winger with tremendous speed.

Raymond typically finds himself on Vancouver's second scoring line and power play unit, so the 39 points may be considered slight under-achievement. That said, 'MayRay' (yeah, I know) possesses ability in spades, and more importantly is one of the fastest players in the NHL. 

Raymond's speed combined with scoring ability will be an issue at all times, but never more than when he's on the ice against Shane O`Brien and Cody Franson. Nashville's third defensive pairing is not what you'd call fleet of foot. If Raymond is able to get to the outside, inside, or anywhere in between O'Brien and Franson, I'd suggest closing your eyes and putting your trust in Pekka.

Either way, Raymond's yet another Canuck worth keeping an eye on as the series progresses.